Techunt Junior – Innovation Summer Camp, June Edition for School Students

Nurture Talent Academy organized Innovation Summer Camp for school students as a part of its Techunt Junior program, held from 26-28th June at IIT Delhi. Students from over 20 schools participated to learn about idea generation, creativity, team work and life skills in an interactive manner. There were games, exercises, videos on innovation techniques. On the last day of the summer camp, students presented their projects and models, which have the potential to change the world. Here are few photos of the memorable session:

 

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Winners of Innovation Summer Camp held from 26-28th June, 2013 (Stage 2 held at IIT Delhi):

(Names in random order)

Akshat Prakash

Abhishek Tanwar

Dhruv Narayan Arora

Divij Bajaj

Doyita Mukherjee

Himanshu Yadav

Pranav Bhasin

Shreshth Arora

Mahi Jain

Anshuman Bhasin

Surbhi Bohra

Rahul Khatri

Tanmay Tiwari

* Winners will be informed details of next stage via email. Certificates for winners will be send by courier or can be collected from Nurture Talent office in Janakpuri during office hours. Please call Meera Girdhar on 0 95010 32990 for any query.

** Winners selected by judges based on project presentation by students covering feasibility, originality, creativity, utility and commercial basis of innovation.

Launch it, then correct it

As a part of the Startup Yatra last month, Nurture Talent took 25 startups to offices of successful entrepreneurs, and one of them was Indiamart, India’s largest B2B venture. I noticed a chart with these golden words for their development team — “Launch it, then correct it”. Everyday, we get 100’s of ideas to work on and then spend 100’s of hours trying to predict how the market will behave. Here are some points to consider for product launches:

Build a pre-launch buzz

There are many websites which allow you to have a landing page with ‘Coming soon’ type. You can have a subscribe page, collect emails, build an initial customer base, set expectations before launch. These inputs can help you build products as per market inputs. Kickofflabs, Launchrock, etc, are some examples of such sites. In the age of social media, even a Facebook page can help you build buzz while validating your idea.

Done is better than perfect

When Bill Gates was set to showcase Microsoft Windows to the world, it showed a stuck blue screen and hung! There are numerous bugs in any software’s beta version, and then the never ending cycle of upgrades begins with corrections and new features. If we keep thinking about making our idea perfect for all, then it may not see the light of day.

Test, test, test

The first time Tata Nano was launched, it failed. Then when they came up with Nano 2.0 with better mileage, improved safety features and pick up, it worked. Just assuming that a Rs one lakh car will sell like hot cakes was a false assumption. It is important to test product features, pricing, packaging and distribution.

Expand the base later

Startups sometimes believe that their duty is to serve everyone. Zoho started with the idea of simplicity while building its tools against other giants like Salesforce — they would never have made it if they wanted to launch everything for everyone on Day one. So build a prototype and try it out with real customers first.

Product roadmap

Even when you have a product idea in mind, break it into a product roadmap — a series of new features or new products that you will add in future. If version one fails, try the next and even if it succeeds, try the next version. As an entrepreneur, you become more intelligent with failure as well success. Happy building and launching!

 

SmilingStart – A StartPage with a Heart

“SmilingStart.com”, A Thalia Technologies Pvt. Ltd. initiative was launched last month on 1st April 2013 by a budding entrepreneur named Tejas Sangoi – CEO and the founder of SmilingStart.com. It has been able to raise funds Rs.8436 for the charities that they have partnered with, and as of now 859 mid day meals for school children, 452 days of education for underprivileged girls and 673 days of shelter for street kids have been facilitated.

Working of this is very simple. Make a short visit to www.SmilingStart.com and all that you need to do is, join SmilingStart, and select a cause to support and set SmilingStart as your StartPage.

SmilingStart has joined hands with namely three main charities, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Nanhi Kali & Pratham, selecting one of these, users can enable meaningful funds for the Mid- Day Meal Scheme, Education For The Girl Child & Provision Of Shelter For Street Kids, respectively.

Smiling Start not only brings a smile on the user’s face but also to hundreds of children who are in need. This distinctive startpage along with thought provoking quotes and picturesque images also displays creative images, designed by brands which in turn donate to the chosen charities. 75% of the advertising fees reach directly to the user- selected charities.

Every day SmilingStart ensures that its users wake up to a startpage which is embellished with beautiful images that inspire, amaze and do good. Literally, assuring you a great Start to the Day!

Founder Tejas Sangoi, believes the splendour of the new start page and the minimalism of supporting a cause at no effort and zero cost will appeal users to switch to SmilingStart.

The company’s efforts have been acknowledged by the brands and the charities. Tejas, also comments that their goal to reach 1,00,000 users in Indian alone, as with such an audience size SmilingStart can raise close to Rs 5 crore for its partner charities each year.

Tejas has formed a small team and working full-time to develop this project.

About the Company:

SmilingStart is a venture of Thalia Technologies Pvt Ltd, a profit driven organization with an intense social objective. The profit motive encourages efficiency and innovation and the social motive brings satisfaction of contributing to the society. It’s striving to maximize every cent of investment and minimize expenses incurred in creating and delivering value.

SmilingStart is an honest effort to engage masses in a simple yet powerful way to create a positive change.

The website has a presence on social media and slowly gaining momentum. You can visit www.smilingstart.com to check out today’s wallpaper and start making a positive impact with a few simple clicks of your mouse.

Public relations for startups

Last week was full of action as Nurture Talent conducted Startup Yatra — a series of visits for startups to offices of successful entrepreneurs. The most popular among them was on Public Relations, where Kunal Kishore of Value360 PR shared key insights on how he handled accounts of startups. Here are key learnings that entrepreneurs can apply for their business.

Content matters

Many businessmen think that knowing a journalist or media person is required for placing their stories in newspaper or TV. However, if you a good story to tell, then media people are excited to write about it. Snapdeal, a leading deals and offer website when it started, adopted a village and named it Snapdeal.com Nagar — this story was picked up by leading publications even in USA!

Spot trends

Inflation was rising menacingly when Snapdeal started its business to offer discounts to customers – at that time the PR agency came up with the story of how this website was helping customers manage budgets and save money. It is very important to link your business or key achievements to what is happening around the economy.

Don’t get an agency

This point was stated repeatedly by Kunal for six months to one-year-old startup. PR is not a tool for only sales or marketing. It is a way to influence customers and build opinion. PR should not be done before you have your product ready or initial customer feedback is positive. Sometimes,  companies have created a buzz and ended up below expectations — Aakash tablet is an example of this. Even Tata Nano was a failure when it launched.

Don’t stop once you start

PR is not a one time activity. Once you start, build momentum and maintain it with regularity. Call journalists and media people and keep sharing new happenings in your company. Send some accessories to them that they can use in their styling section (if you are running an apparel or jewelry business). It is not just about sending an article, but building relationships.

Article originally published in : http://newindianexpress.com/education/edex/Public-relations-for-startups/2013/06/10/article1624747.ece

Thanks for your tremendous response. Registrations for this event are now over.

How to attract investors?

What do angel investors and VCs look for in an entrepreneur?

Equity vs Debt, share dilution, negotiation, pitching, mentoring -have doubts in your mind?

Are you looking to take the next big leap, but lacking financial resources?

If any of your answers are YES, and you have the ambitions, then you are welcome to attend Investor Yatra, which will cover various subjects related to investments and funding and the sessions will be led by successful angel investors, venture capitalists, incubators and accelerators. Each session is unique with its own selected topic, live pitches, feedback, mentoring and networking.

5th July-Session 1, 1.30PM-4.30PM, - Mukul Singhal, SAIF Partners, Topic – Business Planning, Venue - Knowlarity solutions, Amsoft Business Centre,Unitech Trade Centre Near Park Plaza, Sector 43, Gurgaon, India – 122001

5th July – Session 2, 5.00PM-8.00PM - Alok Mittal, Canaan Partners (VC and angel investor), Topic – Term sheet and legal agreements ,Venue - Knowlarity solutions, Amsoft Business Centre,Unitech Trade Centre Near Park Plaza, Sector 43, Gurgaon, India – 122001

6th July – Session 3, 10.00AM-1.00PM - Abhishek Gupta/Arpit Agarwal, TLabs Accelerator, Topic – Financial Planning, Venue- Tlabs FC-6,Sector 16A,Film City,Noida,Uttar Pradesh 201301

7th July – Session 4, 10.00AM-1.00PM - Rajesh Sawhney, GSF Fund and GSF Accelerator, Topic – Art of Pitching and Negotiation,Venue- “Pearl Board Room” on 7th Floor of Times Internet, 3rd Floor, MPD Tower,
Opp DLF Golf Course main gate, Sector 43, DLF Golf Course Road, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122002, ph-0124 418 7000

Common agenda

10 min Registrations and Welcome
10 min Investor intro and investment philosophy
10 min Portfolio Company Showcase
60 min Investor workshop
20 min Q&A session
15 min Networking Break
15 min 3 pitches and live feedback
10 min Learning and discussions.
30 min Networking Snacks/Cold Drinks

* Each session will have 3 startup pitches

Speaker Profiles

Alok Mittal, Managing Director, Canaan India

Alok has a broad range of hands-on experience founding, funding and supporting early-stage technology companies. He leads Canaan’s investments in India, and focuses on digital media and mobile companies, as well as innovators in managed software services and other IT enabled businesses.

Alok is a co-founder of Indian Angel Network, on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) in Delhi and an advisor to Adtech India. During the course of his association with Canaan India, he has advised Canaan Partners in their investment in BharatMatrimony (Matrimony.com), Equitas, iYogi, mCarbon, UnitedLex, CarTrade and Happiest Minds.

Prior to joining the venture industry, Alok co-founded JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment. He also brings strong Telecom experience to Canaan having worked for Hughes Software Systems prior to that. Alok earned a BE in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a MS in computer science from UC Berkeley.

Abhishek Gupta, General Manager, TLabs

Abhishek Gupta, currently leads the TLab initiatives at Times Internet limited. At TLabs, Abhishek is responsible for finding and funding startups in Technology, Internet and mobile space. Apart from day-to-day mentoring of startups in strategy, technology, product and marketing and connecting them to mentors, advisors and investors from the industry, he is also responsible for the management and execution of the program.

Prior to TLabs Abhishek as VP of Technology, Lime Labs India, built engineering and operations team (100+) and led the Product and Technology initiative of two Internet businesses LimeDomains(sold to NetFronts) and LimeExchange (sold to Freelancer). At LimeLabs he was involved in every aspect of creation and execution of a business – from establishing the overall concept, strategic blueprint, technology and financial planning; through team building, strategic partnering, product development, and M&A. He hold a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and engineering from IT-BHU.

Mukul Singhal, Vice President, SAIF Partners

Mukul Singhal joined SAIF Partners in 2010 and is currently the Vice President. Prior to joining SAIF, Mukul worked at Canaan Partners, an early stage venture capital firm.  Mukul is a TiE Charter Member and actively participates in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. His primary area of focus is early stage investments. SAIF Partners has invested in successful ventures including JustDial, Makemytrip, Specialty Restaurants and One97.

Mukul is B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Rajesh Sawhney, Global Superangels Forum and GSF Accelerator

Rajesh is the founder of GSF Accelerator, India’s first multi-city Tech Accelerator, backed by 20 iconic Digital founders and 5 leading venture funds from across the world. Rajesh is also the founder of GSF Superangels network and curator of the Global Superangels Forum. He is the co-host and curator of Founders Forum India. Rajesh has made over 15 investments as an active and engaged angel investor.

His journey has been a continuum of re-invention waves. In the first wave, he brought private radio (Times FM) to India in early nineties, and redefined Indian youth culture. In his second wave, he was at the cusp of early Internet culture in India and built Indiatimes.com, the most valuable Internet business in India in 2005 (funded by Sequoia). In the third wave, Rajesh was at the centre of a massive transformation of the Indian film industry, where he oversaw (as President, Reliance Entertainment) the corporatization of mom and pop Bollywood businesses into multi-billion dollar enterprise. At Reliance, Rajesh found himself at the centre of cross-border investment and alignment between Hollywood and Indian Film Industry and one of the biggest investment deals (DreamWorks) in Hollywood.

Currently in his fourth wave, Rajesh is building the vital building blocks of a nascent early stage startup ecosystem in India, and sees this as the biggest and most exciting challenge that he has faced in his life.

Rajesh is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP), and has a fellowship from London School of Economics.

About Nurture Talent Academy

Nurture Talent Academy is India’s 1st Institute for training entrepreneurs. Started in January, 2010 with the objective of training students, professionals and startups, it has conducted 300+ workshops across 100+ cities attended by 20000+ participants. It covers the basics on subjects like business plan, marketing, finance, and HR during the programs. NTA also conducts Startup Yatra where sessions are hosted by successful entrepreneurs in their office premises. The vision is to enable 1000 ventures to start in next 3-5 years, which will generate 20000 jobs for the country.

Points to Note

1) All participants will get “Startup Study Kit” having book, videos, presentations, excel templates etc.

2) Participation Certificate will be awarded to all attendees.

3) Startups for live pitching will be selected by NTA team and host.

4) You can chose to register for all 4 sessions together or separately

5) Early Bird discount of Rs 1200 applicable till 30th June, use discount code “ntaearly” if you book all 4 workshops together.

6) Early Bird discount of Rs 250 applicable till 30th June, use discount code “NTA01″ if you book individual workshops.

Thanks for your tremendous response. Registrations for this event are now over.

Winners of Innovation Summer Camp held from 25-31st May, 2013 (Stage 2 held at IIT Delhi):

(Names in random order)

Riya Sachdeva (Ryan International School)

Meghna Bhave (Delhi Public School, Noida)

Arsh Khanna (Bal Bharati Public School)

Ayushi Singhal (St Mary’s School)

Manik Raj (Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj)

Anand Mathew (Kerala Senior Secondary School)

Ashmeet Nagpal (Montfort School)

Dhiman Chaterjee (Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj)

Dipanshu (Vikas Bharti Public School)

Harsh Goyal (Delhi Public School, Noida)

Lokesh Vashisht (Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj)

Rohit Yadav (Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj)

Tanmay Arora (Ahlcon International School)

Vibhav Agarwal (Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad)

Javin Juneja (Vikas Bharti Public School)

Philip Thomas (St Mary’s School)

Aditya Mathur (Amity International School, Gurgaon)

Erica Vincent (Montfort School)

Harshit Singh (St Mary’s School)

Lakshay Gupta (Ryan International School)

Shayshank Rathore (Pioneer Convent School)

Paridhi Agarwal (Delhi Public School, Maruti Kunj)

* Winners have been informed details of next stage via email. Certificates for winners will be send by courier or can be collected from Nurture Talent office in Janakpuri during office hours. Please call Meera Girdhar on 0 95010 32990 for any query.

** Winners selected by judges based on project presentation by students covering feasibility, originality, creativity, utility and commercial basis of innovation.

Photos of the Summer Camp

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